Saskatchewan provincial parks offer a wide array of water-based recreation, from fishing in the pristine waters of northern Saskatchewan to wakeboarding at Lake Diefenbaker, to splashing in a heated public pool.
Beaches and Pools
If relaxing at the beach is your idea of the perfect summer holiday, then look no further than a Saskatchewan provincial park. Many parks offer clean, sandy beaches ideal for building that perfect sand-castle or soaking up the rays. In fact, Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park, famous for its white sand beaches, was named one of the top 10 beaches in Canada by Maclean's Magazine. Most designated beaches in Saskatchewan provincial parks offer change houses and washrooms for user's convenience. Saskatchewan parks do not offer life guard services at the beaches. Please ensure that children are properly supervised.
Cypress Hills offers an outdoor, heated leisure pool, hot tub and sauna, with public swimming available from mid-June through to the September long weekend. Buffalo Pound's pool, open form mid-June to mid-August, has a change house, showers and bathrooms as well as a concession. Pike Lake has a swimming pool and a water slide with is own splashdown pool. The pool is wheelchair accessible. Admission fees are in affect at all pools. Check with the park for swim schedules and rates.
Cypress Hills, Pike Lake and Buffalo Pound provincial parks all have public-use pools and also offer Red Cross Swimming Lessons. Swimming lesson registration now takes place online or toll-free at 1-855-737-7275. Weekly swimming lesson fees can be found at http://www.saskparks.net/fees. The swimming lesson registration system is available by accessing the reservation system and choosing Swimming Lesson from the drop-down menu beside number 1.
A parent or guardian is required to sign the new waiver form for each child taking lessons. The signed waiver form must be completed and presented upon arrival on the first day of the lesson.
You may cancel your reservation online or by calling the Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Call Centre at 1-855-737-7275 (there is a surcharge fee of $2.00 for using the call centre). You will be required to contact the park for cancellations and changes made less than 2 days prior to the Monday of the weekly swimming lesson.
The amount of your refund, if any, will be determined as follows:
- If your reservation is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to midnight of the first day of the swimming lesson, you will receive a full refund of your swimming lesson fees;
- If your reservation is cancelled less than 48 hours prior to midnight of the first day of the swimming lesson, swimming lesson fees are forfeited; or
- If the reservation is not cancelled, your class space and refunds will be forfeited if notification is not received indicating your arrival for the second day of classes.
From fly fishing in the Cypress Hills and Narrow Hills to catching world record Rainbow trout at Lake Diefenbaker, to getting the big one in Meadow Lake, some of the best fishing takes place in Saskatchewan parks. Lake Diefenbaker, home to three provincial parks, is a favourite among anglers seeking rainbow trout. While at Last Mountain Lake, home to Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park and Regina Beach Recreation Site, you'll find Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch. In the northern parks, such as Meadow Lake and Lac La Ronge, Lake Trout and Artic Grayling are abundant. In addition to great fishing, most parks and recreation sites offer boat launches and fish filleting stations.
Check with each individual park about what specific services are available and current conditions. As well, some lakes in parks have restrictions on the size of boats allowed, season dates, licensing requirements and fish consumption guidelines; check with the park prior to your departure. All provincial rules and regulations, including limits, are in affect.
Marinas and Boat Rentals
Duck Mountain, Greenwater Lake and Saskatchewan Landing provincial parks each have marinas. The marinas offer slip rental services, gas, fishing licenses and other conveniences. Most also offer equipment and boat rentals. Many other parks, including Candle Lake, Chitek Lake and Regina Beach, have marinas nearby or adjacent to the park.